Dover Elementary School301 East AlaskaFairfield, CA 94533Modernization
The District constructed a new Band Building and completed a Modernization at Dover Middle School. A majority of the modernization work involved remodeling to bring the school in conformance with the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA work included providing handicap accessible ramps, drinking fountains, sinks, door hardware and other minor modifications. A significant portion of the modernization involved aesthetic improvements like remodeling all the student and staff restrooms, putting in new flooring in the main buildings, adding tackable wall surfaces and new countertops in classrooms and replacing window coverings. Safety improvements included new lighted exit signs and a new fire alarm system.
The improvements enhance the campus by providing a fresh new look for students and staff. The new tackible wall materials in the classroom provide surfaces for displaying student work and learning tools. The new flooring brightens up the hallways and classrooms and also provides carpet in the library. New doors and door hardware make the building easier to secure and more handicap accessible. New acoustical coverings in the science classrooms help dampen the sound in the building.
The new band building has approximately 1400 square feet of use-able space and is a tremendous improvement over the old trailers that the building replaces. The Music department at Dover is excited about the new facility. The facility offers state of the art acoustical treatments, tremendous floor space, lots of tackable wall for poster displays, computer outlets and a separate office/work room for teaching staff.
The construction, completed in Fall 2004, was undertaken by Swank Construction of Vacaville. Facility Services of Napa provided construction management. VBN Architects of Oakland prepared the design plans for the modernization. ATI Architects of Danville prepared plans for the band building.